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Sir Christopher Scott: Synthesizer Magician

During the 1970s when progressive rock, pop and soul were at their peak, a number of wizard keyboardists enjoyed superstar status:  Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson, Stevie Wonder, Jan Hammer, Billy Preston, Jon Lord, Bernie Worrell.

And Sir Christopher Scott.

The liner notes for Sir Scott’s 1970 Decca LP, More Switched on Bacharach make this clear:

Here’s a second helping of great music untouched by human hands.  More of the really magical songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David are played electronically by that genius of the Moog synthesizer, that wonder of the switches and plugs, Sir Christopher Scott.

Secret for success?   Magic + music = Sir Christopher Scott:

And that’s the secret of Sir Christopher Scott and his patch cords, plugs, electronic gear, and mind full of ideas:  what he does is magic, but it’s always music.

The More Switched On Bacharach LP would enjoy distribution in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Turkey, and Japan.

Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head- Sir Christopher Scott

[Pssst:  Click on triangle to hear “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” by Sir Christopher Scott]

Actually, as Discogs helpfully explains, Sir Christopher Scott is a pseudonym for Jean-Jacques Perry — itself a stage name for the renowned synthesist born Jean Marcel Leroy — in collaboration with composer/arranger Dave Mullaney (a songwriter who once penned “The Happy Jamaican” in 1968 for Laurie Records).

The duo’s previous record album, 1969’s Switched On Bacharach, had been recorded prior to Scott’s knighthood, as evidenced by the rather pedestrian name on the front cover – “Christopher Scott“:


LINK to Moog +/- Synthesizer

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